The mitigation of randomness

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Ah, randomness – my mortal enemy. Way back since the days of Settlers of Catan, you’ve been mucking up my games, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and all that.

Yes, my hatred of randomness has already been discussed at length, but to sum up: randomness takes control of the game away from the player, such that if you are playing a game specifically to win a game on your own merits, randomness makes the game less fun on all fronts.

But different people play games for different reasons. In fact, a single person will even play different games for different reasonsContinue Reading

Procrastination and the Groove

I work better on a deadline. My entire time in grad school, I would have to write these massive papers and would spend weeks procrastinating about writing them. Up until the last minute, when I would suddenly fall into a groove because I had no choice and then stuff would get done. It wasn’t greatContinue Reading

I guess things need to change

I’ve been struggling a while with writing reviews. I love writing them. I love being critical and dissecting what does and doesn’t work in games. It definitely helps me in my own creative endeavors to figure out why something is awesome and why something just doesn’t feel quite right. So if I were just aContinue ReadingContinue Reading

1st Annual Cephalofair Awards for GenCon 2014

Well, here we are in the post-GenCon after-glow, and I feel the need to write a post about my experiences. I could just do a day-by-day break-down like I did last year, but that seems tiresome to me. And I don’t really want to do a list because lists are dumb (says the man whoseContinue ReadingContinue Reading

10 Things I Will Definitely Be Doing At GenCon

The grand convention looms large on the horizon, and I am just way too excited about it. Without my friend Adrian, I’m not sure it can live up to last year, but we can try, can’t we? Due to my heavy schedule of demoing Forge War, I decided I needed to do a bit ofContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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